South Carolina is home to more than 360 golf courses across the state. Visitors and locals alike played nearly 10 million rounds of golf in the Palmetto state in 2018. Golf is king in South Carolina, thanks to our mild weather and state-of the-art courses.
Those 10 million rounds of golf mean big business for the state of South Carolina, creating more than $2.59 Billion in economic impact, according to the South Carolina Golf Association. The billions of dollars generated isn’t just a number, it’s actively keeping potential tax dollars right in local’s pockets.
South Carolina’s major golf destinations like Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, and Charleston are heavy hitters. Their impact is undeniable with the beautiful coastal courses, even home to a PGA Championship. But we truly believe that the word is getting out, that York County is now its own destination for high-level golf.
With a handful of public golf courses, York County can offer premium golf at a rate that is around $10 cheaper for 18 holes, than their competitors directly across the state line. If you’re looking to play just 9 holes, those prices can drop around $20 cheaper, which includes a golf cart rental.
While York County is home to dozens of beautiful courses, only a handful of them are public. Those public courses offer accessible, last minute tee times that are great for any visitor. Tega Cay Golf Club, Springfield Golf Club, Fort Mill Golf Club, Waterford Golf Club, and Spring Lake Golf Club are just a few. This accessibility to so many courses allows for fantastic high-level weekend golf trips.
These Golf Clubs that spread across York County offer something different for every visitor.
Tega Cay Golf Club is the area’s only 27-hole course. The club is designed with three 9-hole courses. The “GrandeView” and the “Carolina Pines” form to make a challenging 18-hole course. They also have a 9-hole course titled “The Cove” that is perfect for fitting in a quick round of golf and for those just starting out. The Cove also offers a deal that’s hard to beat. Monday through Thursday you can play “The Cove” for just $19, including a cart rental.
If you’re visiting and don’t have a set of clubs to play, don’t worry! Tega Cay Golf Club can rent you a brand-new set of clubs to play. If you’re not a golfer, at least enjoy the views and the food from The Shore Club, their on-site, high-end restaurant.
Springfield Golf Club and Fort Mill Golf Club are both owned by Leroy Springs Company and are extremely maintained. Each course offers challenging play with tree lined courses for a beautiful backdrop. Both golf clubs offer accessible tee times and affordable prices for any time of day. These venues aren’t just home to golf, but also hold event space for weddings, events, or meetings.
The Waterford Golf Club is also a great option for the Rock Hill community. This public course offers water from lakes and creeks on 16 of its 18 holes. The course was refined by 3-time U.S. Open winner Hale Irwin. This Par 72 course offers a little something for everyone.
Spring Lake Golf Club in York is a fantastic course in a rural setting. Take a road trip to the Western part of York County and take in the quiet countryside as you go for a relaxing 18 holes. Played at an extremely affordable level, this course gives beginners an accessible place to learn.
And don’t miss an opportunity to play at Carolina Lakes Golf Club. With unique elevation changes, no two holes are alike. They pride themselves on being the most challenging par 3 courses in the area.
Many of these clubs don’t just offer individual play, but have men and women’s leagues or golf associations without requiring an annual membership.
Excellent private, membership only clubs include River Hills Country Club, a community and private course in Lake Wylie. There’s also the Rock Hill Country Club, home to more than 375 members, they strive to be the premier private club in the Rock Hill area.
For the first time, York County will also be home to Golf Packages of South Carolina’s Great Escape Package. For the first week in October you’ll be able to play golf at Rock Hill and Springfield Country Club, as well as Carolina Lakes Golf Club while taking in the sights and sounds of the Blues and Jazz Fest presented by the Arts Council of York County.